Excesive and environmentally harmful packaging is an issue that many of us are worried about, not to mention the concern of health risk of some (most) of the substances contained in food wrappers.
Fortunately, there are people researching intensively on this subject like TOMORROW MACHINE, a sweedish designer duo who have developed such brilliant ideas that seem incredible.
They, Anna Glansén and Hanna Billqvist, have come up with the solution: This Too Shall Pass.
Is it reasonable that it takes several years for a milk carton to decompose naturally, when the milk goes sour after a week? This Too Shall Pass is a series of food packages were the packaging has the same short life span as the foods they contain. The package and its content are working in symbiosis. In this project, we asked ourselves how packaging can be made in a near future, with the technology that is available today. Our inspiration is fruit peel and how nature itself packages food.
When we developed the packages we did a lot of tests to explore how different materials react with each other.
For example, water melts sugar but oil does not, therefore sugar is an ideal material for packing oil in. To prevent the packaging made from sugar to react with the moisture in the air it is covered with a thin layer of wax on the outside. At the moment the package is opened it begins to break itself down, the wax no longer protects the sugar and the unprotected inside comes in contact with moisture. The sugar packaging melts within a few minutes if it comes in contact with water or in a few days in contact with air.
Package made of biodegradable beeswax. To open it you peel it like a fruit. The package is designed to contain dry goods, for example grains and rice.
A package made of caramelized sugar, coated with wax. To open it you crack it like an egg. When the material is cracked the wax do no longer protect the sugar and the package melts when it comes in contact with water. This package is made for oil-based food.
None of the packages are available for commercial use at the moment. One of them is in the very early stages of development for a food brand. For the two others we are still looking for partners that are interested in packaging their product in an innovative sustainable packaging.
Gel of the agar-agar seaweed and water are the only components used to make this package. To open it you pick the top. The package will wither at the same rate as it’s content. It is made for drinks that have a short life span and needs to be refrigerated, fresh juice, smoothies and cream for example. The packaging reacts to its environment, for example you could, just by looking at the package, see if it has been exposed to excessive heat during transport.
images by Tomorrow Machine
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